In 1971, George C. Scott famously refused to accept his Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as the titular character in “Patton.” In a letter to the Motion Picture Academy, Scott claimed he did not feel himself to be in competition with other actors.
Despite this, acting is a competition and awards prove this, especially the Academy Award. Today, there are many actors who still have nothing to show in terms of Oscar wins. Here are 10 actors of the best actors who do not have an Oscar, but could win one in the near future.
DiCaprio’s lack of success at the Academy Awards are so well know that it has become a punchline on the Internet. To date, DiCaprio has been nominated for four acting Oscars (and one as a producer), losing to Matthew McConaughey, Forest Whitaker, Jamie Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones. All four men won their first Academy Award over DiCaprio.
Regardless, DiCaprio is one of the best actors in Hollywood who takes on roles that are challenging and stars in films that are almost always well-received. He is expected to received a nomination this year for his role in “The Revenant.”
Depp has come a long way since making his debut in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984. To date, he has racked up three Oscar nominations and has been tied to directed Tim Burton on numerous projects.
Depp was nominated in back-to-back years in 2004-05, but lost to first time winners Sean Penn and Jamie Foxx. In 2008, Depp would lose again to Daniel Day-Lewis, who won his second of three Oscars in “There Will be Blood.”
2016 may be Depp’s lucky year. As it stands now, he is favored to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in his role for “Black Mass” according to In Contention, one of the Internet’s most comprehensive websites when it comes to the Academy Awards.
Unlike Depp and DiCaprio, Pitt does has an Academy Award on his trophy shelf, but he won it as a producer for “12 Years a Slave,” not as an actor. Acting-wise, Pitt has a trio of nominations, losing to Cuba Gooding Jr. and Jean Dujardin, both first timers who have not been nominated since, as well as Sean Penn, who took home his second Oscar in 2009 for “Milk.”
Pitt is revered in Hollywood and has stepped away from the popcorn films in recent years in favor of in-depth drama pieces. Soon, one of those serious roles will pay off. If the rumor mill is true, there could even be a chance that his wife, Angelina Jolie, directs him to his win. Pitt is currently rumored to play the lead role in “Africa” based on Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers in Kenya in the 1980s.
Damon has already won an Oscar, which he shared with fellow Bostonite Ben Affleck for writing “Good Will Hunting,” which Damon was also nominated for as a supporting actor. In 2010, Damon would also be nominated as a supporting actor for “Invictus.”
While Damon lacks the amount of nominations others on this list have, it should be noted that Damon spend a good amount of time in the 2000s starring in the Jason Bourne franchises.
Damon could be nominated for “The Martian,” but as of right now, he’s a long shot to even end up on the final five. He is still doing action films while peppering in drama roles, but with him starring in films that feature an ensemble cast, he may have to accept the Oscar win as a supporting actor.
It’s hard to look at Gordon-Levitt now and remember that he started off as a long-haired “alien” in “Third Rock from the Sun.” Gordon-Levitt has established himself as one of Hollywood’s best actors in recent years, but so far he doesn’t have an Oscar nomination to show for it.
With films like “Looper” and “The Walk” Gordon-Levitt has shown he is good enough to land a nomination and that he should be able to bring home the grand prize in the near future.
Adams quietly has five Oscar nominations, four in a supporting role. In her five nominations, she has lost to Rachel Weisz, Penelope Cruz, Anne Hathaway, Lupita Nyong’o and Melissa Leo, Adams’ castmate in “The Fighter.” All five women won their first and only Oscar over Adams.
Adams is arguably the best supporting actress in Hollywood and a resume that includes four nominations in that category back it up. At age 41, she still has plenty of years left in her career to secure a winning role as well.
Cruise has been nominated for three Oscars, but none of the nominations have come since 2000. In his three nominations, he has lost to Michael Caine, Daniel Day-Lewis and Geoffrey Rush.
In recent years, Cruise has shifted away from dramas, opting instead for sci-fi flicks such as “Minority Report” and “Edge of Tomorrow.” While his upcoming work includes sequels to “Top Gun” and “Jack Reacher,” one film to keep an eye on is “Mena,” where he will portray Barry Seal, a drug runner and aircraft pilot who flew flights for the Medellin Cartel.
After starting her career doing comedy roles, Stone has moved on to more serious roles in recent years. In 2015, she received her first Academy Award nomination for “Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”
She could receive some Oscar buzz next year for “La La Land,” which she will pay the female lead opposite of Ryan Gosling.
Gosling only has one nomination, which he earned in 2007 for “Half Nelson,” ultimately losing to Alan Arkin. Despite this, Gosling consistently takes on challenging roles and is never short of work. He may find his way into a nomination for a supporting role in an upcoming untitled Terrence Malick project alongside Michael Fassbender and Christian Bale.
McCarthy was nominated in 2012 for “Bridesmaids” and has cut her teeth in comedic roles. Her acting has been well-reviewed by critics through the years and she has been receiving more work as a lead actress, especially in films directed by Paul Feig.
Eventually, I could see her taking on more serious roles and showing more depth, which would help lead her to an Oscar win or even take on a more serious comedy that could put her over the top.